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Forum topic by Goat0311 posted 05-17-2016 02:22 PM 822 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-17-2016 02:22 PM

Topic tags/keywords: finish drop catch black walnut curly maple padauk

Finally found a good use for my cut offs and scraps I started making drop catch bottle openers, they are 12” x 4.5” on the face. It has rare earth magnets that hold it to your fridge and catch the bottle caps as they fall if you aren’t familiar. I used Padauk, black walnut and curly maple. I have been reading about different finishes for hours but figured it will be best to ask, I want to keep the natural wood look but will need something to protect against it if alcohol spills maybe something somewhat durable as well to scratches won’t show. I’m hoping some here can help me. Any advice will be well received even if I’m thinking of going the complete wrong way with it.
Thank you!
Also if anyone has a trick- after sanding it the padauks red dust has made a mess of the curly maple strip, tried tack cloth, vacuuming it, wiping it, just can’t seem to make it go away.

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#1 posted 05-17-2016 04:47 PM

Try scraping the padauk.

It’s a bottle opener, you can use any finish. If you are worried about alcohol splashing then use polyurethane.

-- Rick M,

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#2 posted 05-21-2016 11:15 AM

Poly would give you the most protection. Don’t use shellac as alcohol will dissolve it. Maybe get a rattle can of lacquer and see how you like that?

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#3 posted 05-22-2016 05:59 AM

lacquer will work fine.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#4 posted 05-22-2016 12:21 PM

I decided to go with lacquer, it’s coming out exactly how I wanted it to. Thanks for the recommendation.

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